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Guide: Water Cooling: The Basics

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voigts

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Fluid XP becomes conductive over time just like distilled water does, and I have seen many a thread where components were killed using it. New distilled water is almost non-conductive anyway. And of course it won't corrode waterblocks. Distilled water doesn't either. Galvanic corrosion is caused by electricity + metals that are too dissimilar. All copper/brass components won't corrode anyway.

The cheapest, most effective solution is distilled water, maybe 5-10% antifreeze for its PH buffers, a few drops of algaecide, and a few drops of alcohol-free povidone iodine. Some here use Tygon Silver tubing instead of algaecide/iodine to inhibit growth and that works as well.
 
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pinkles

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Ive been curious out how well a non conductive liquid like mineral oil would work as a cooling agent in a WC setup as opposed to the fiercly conductive water

WOAH! Holy poop if that worked that would be cool! Does that work?
 

xrodney

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Fluid XP becomes conductive over time just like distilled water does, and I have seen many a thread where components were killed using it. New distilled water is almost non-conductive anyway. And of course it won't corrode waterblocks. Distilled water doesn't either. Galvanic corrosion is caused by electricity + metals that are too dissimilar. All copper/brass components won't corrode anyway.

The cheapest, most effective solution is distilled water, maybe 5-10% antifreeze for its PH buffers, a few drops of algaecide, and a few drops of alcohol-free povidone iodine. Some here use Tygon Silver tubing instead of algaecide/iodine to inhibit growth and that works as well.

You are mixing pure distiled water with aditives that increase conductivity even if not much (consist of copper or silver to kill alge and such stuff)

As for corrosion, Aluminium and Copper are one of strongest corroding combination of materials and it wont need electricity. It wont happen if your PH is neutral, but it change over time as different molecules entering water circuit and changing it PH values, at that time electro-chemical reactions start increasing rate of corroding. Even if lets say aluminium block is coated by other material it usually dont have it 100% and over time this protection layer could get damaged making aluminium open to water in circuit.
Ofcourse there are additives that reduce corrosion but its still better dont mix 2 metals that have too much different electropotential (Al have electropotential +1.3V , copper -0.345). Important is that it DONT need electricity as just Al|conducting water|copper combination is creating small electric potential on their own.